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Published: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 9:04 AM
PREBLE COUNTY — A former Preble County corrections officer was indicted on charges Monday for allegedly bringing contraband into the county jail in 2017.
Jared Rivers, 21, was placed on administrative leave in April, 2017 after the Preble County Sheriff’s Office opened an internal investigation about a staff member who brought contraband into the jail and was receiving payment, according to a media release from Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson.
Rivers was scheduled for a pre-disciplinary meeting on May 10, 2017, but submitted his resignation the day before, Simpson said.
“Investigators continued the investigation over the last several months. The investigation determined that Rivers, on several occasions, delivered small packages to an inmate while he was working, and was paid by a third party to do so,” Simpson said.
A Preble County Grand Jury returned an indictment on six charges Monday, five counts of bribery and one count of dereliction of duty.
Rivers is currently listed as an inmate at the Preble County Jail and his initial court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday.
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:14 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
TROY — A bicyclist was killed late Saturday morning after he was struck by an SUV while riding on West Main Street.
Troy police said Ball was traveling west in the curb lane in the 900 block of West Main Street just before noon when he ended up in the path of an oncoming SUV and was struck, Troy police Capt. Joe Long said.
Ball was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. His body was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.
The driver of the SUV was injured, police said, but was taken to Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy as a precaution.
The crash remains under investigation.
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 7:48 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 7:55 PM
MIAMI COUNTY — UPDATE @ 7:55 p.m.
Traffic is moving but motorists can expect delays due to a truck fire this evening on northbound Interstate 75 between Ohio 571 and County Road 25A.
Northbound lanes on Interstate 75 are shut down tonight after a truck caught fire.
The incident was reported shortly before 7:45 p.m. at exit 69, near Tipp City.
Fire and EMS is on scene, but it’s not clear what led the vehicle to ignite.
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 7:10 PM
BEAVERCREEK — Today marks the third anniversary of a tornado that ripped through Beavercreek, damaging businesses and homes.
The most damage was to part of the Greene Crossing Shopping Plaza off Indian Ripple Road, where two people suffered minor injuries while inside their vehicles.
VIDEO: Beavercreek tornado of 2015
Don Moncrief is a mechanic at Performance Bicycle at the strip mall. He said he’ll never forget the twister that came through.
“It started to rain real hard and I was just standing right back here, right where I am now,” he said.
Store surveillance video shows the tornado as it traveled through the parking lot, hitting portions of the building as drivers try to veer out of its path.
“And I looked and I’ve never been close to a tornado before but I knew as it brushed the front of the building, I knew exactly what it was,” Moncrief said.
Another video shows large pieces of debris land on two vehicles.
“I could see the debris swirling. It blew our door open (to the shop). I could look up and see the windows and glass just flexing like crazy,” he said. “It came and went. I didn’t even have time to get scared.”
The National Weather Service classified the tornado as an EF-1 with maximum wind speeds of 105 mph. The width of the tornado was 70 yards, and it was on the ground for one minute and traveled a half-mile. As many as 22 cars sustained damage in the shopping center parking lot in addition to building damage, the NWS said.
There was plenty of damage to the Fit Works gym next door to Performance Bicycle, which was closed for nine days, Moncrief said.
“It wasn’t a vicious tornado, but I don’t want to do another one,” he said. “One’s enough.”
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 6:04 AM
FRANKLIN TWP. — A man reportedly running along the area of Interstate 75 without clothes was taken to a hospital in Middletown Saturday morning.
Ohio State Highway Patrol dispatchers said they received a report of a man reportedly running southbound on the northbound side of I-75 south of the Austin Boulevard exit around 4:35 a.m. in Franklin Twp.